3748
Alberta/British Columbia

The Best of the Rockies by Rail: Western Canada's Splendor

Voyage to the heart of the Canadian Rockies by train — and glass-enclosed gondola! — discovering ancient glaciers, unique wildlife, isolated towns and stunning alpine views.
Rating (4.98)
Program No. 3748RJ
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12 days
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4.98 Average
Linda
(5)

What a great trip, we really enjoyed Banff, Jasper and the Rocky Mountaineer Gold Leaf service to Vancouver.

Marcia
(5)

This trip is a great intro to the Canadian Rockies - educational (geography, geology, history, wildlife, future, First Nations, ecology) - and is breathtakingly beautiful. Participants were friendly and the guides were top notch and fun

Karen
(5)

This was an excellent experience with an exceptional guide and experts. After comparing this tour with others to the Canadian Rockies, it was certainly of greater value. It included more days, meals, two days on the Rocky Mountaineer, and visits to the important sites in the area.

Judith
(5)

Our program leader, Susan, was so outstanding that she enhanced every aspect of this program.

Wally
(5)

My wife and I took this trip Sept. 1-12, 2019 and loved it! The scenery was jaw-dropping, even exceeding what I had long imagined. The program’s instructors were informative and entertaining and the right balance was struck between education and travel. We spent sufficient time in Banff and Vancouver to give us a good experience in both and the train trip with Gold Leaf service was sublime. Our leader, Craig Oldfield, was great and our group of 32 one big family. This was a wonderful experience.

Danna
(5)

Great program. Beautiful scenery. Great group of travelers. Train was mostly on schedule - even early. Good speakers in various towns - specially Kirsten Schmitten in Jasper! Only wish there was more time on the train.

Gil
(5)

Fantastic Trip! The scenery is spectacular, and the tour is great. Highly recommend this trip!

Roger
(5)

The Canadian Rockies are more beautiful that our US Rockies. Add this trip to your bucket list.

Jessica
(5)

Five Star. Take this trip and experience some of the most stunningly beautiful places on earth. Loved spending time on the Athabasca Glacier!

Terry
(5)

Amazing tour of the Canadian Rockies! Silver Leaf train service was excellent - you're in the heart of the Canadian Rockies with scenery that can't been seen from anywhere else. Just the right amount of time in each location. Very well organized!! Loved that our luggage was transported by hotel and train staff throughout the trip.

Stephanie
(5)

For this 82-yr-old traveler, this program was perfect. The beauty of the scenery was a spiritual experience, and I didn't notice anyone talking politics. My fellow travelers were an interesting and mellow bunch -- not one grouch!

Valdis
(5)

Great tour, led by very knowledgeable people. The Rocky Mountaineer train trip exceeded our expectations. Western Canada seems to have the market cornered on scenery!

Marilyn
(5)

We had an absolutely wonderful experience with Road Scholars on our “Best of the Rockies by Rail: Western Canada’s Splendor” adventure! We highly recommend Road Scholars and this amazing trip!!

William
(5)

Of course, the hook is the phrase "by Rail" then you see that only 2 of 11 days are spent on a train. Don't be dissuaded by that. It's two wonderfully interesting days in the middle of nine interesting days. If you like being outdoors in cool, clear, exhilarating weather looking at nature and all it has to display, then I think you'll find this trip to your liking. And that doesn't even include all the stuff you learn about western Canada.

Carla
(5)

I loved this program. I would give it an "A" for organization and seeing the best sights of the parks. The educational aspect was a bit overdone and could be shortened. (skip the City of Vancouver Museum and stay on Granville Island) The Rocky Mountaineer Train ride was interesting--one of a kind experience. But, I felt it was about 40% of the cost of the trip and very expensive--not quite worth it. I would not do it again (train). The food on the train was good, but not outstanding. Scenery, of course, was fantastic. Our group leader Craig was outstanding.

Donald
(5)

Great tour of the Canadian Rockies !! The Rock Mountaineer Silver Leaf service is excellent - don't bother with the Gold.

Herbert
(5)

Offering the Rocky Mountaineer Gold Leaf option was only ONE part of this exceptional program The talks, the walks, and the sites visited were outdistancing ... due in part to nature, of course!

Jan
(5)

Our trip to the Canadian Rockies with Road Scholar filled us with awe, excitement, knowledge and rich memories. The trip exceeded our expectations.

Anne
(5)

The Rockies by Rail is a travel highlight: stunning natural wonders that truly defy description, great accommodations, superb guides and the Rocky Mountaineer is an experience not to be missed. It's a full itinerary but not overwhelming, with time to explore on your own. Another highlight: High Tea at the Banff Springs Hotel!

Brenda
(5)

What an outstanding adventure! If you want to learn about Western Canada, this is the trip for you.

Diane
(5)

Wonderful scenery and Rocky Mountaineer is excellent.

Barbara
(5)

This was an amazing trip - highly recommend!

Cheryle
(5)

This trip was very worthwhile and the cost was very reasonable. The hotels were very nice. The Rimrock Resort Hotel was extremely nice. I truly enjoyed all of the spectacular scenery of the Rockies. The two day train trip was absolutely worth every penny of the cost of this excursion. Would love to take the train trip again with my grandsons.

Paula
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This trip was a wonderful surprise! My husband, Larry, always wanted to go on a train trek; I thoughteqch day would be all to similar...not so; this one was a pleasure. Such a great, nicely planned, diverse itinerary with excellent guides. Of course, the attendants are always great traveling partners. Living in Florida, we loved the snow along with the opportunity to wear sweaters, coats, mittens and boots!

Gaylene
(5)

This was a once in a lifetime experience! Gold leaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer was incredible! The scenery was fantastic. Everyone owes this trip to themselves. Seeing things you have only heard about is amazing!

Ellen
(5)

Traveling to the Canadian Rockies and on the Rocky Mountaineer was an extraordinary experience. The scenery was spectacular, our group leader was outstanding and our fellow Road Scholars were warm and welcoming!

Robert
(5)

Being our first trip on Road Scholar, we were impressed with how mature the website is.

Waltraut
(5)

A fun and easy way to discover a large, diverse area.

Beth
(5)

Being here in September has allowed us to see the yellows, rust-oranges and deep almost-black reds of the aspens and birch against the dark green of the pines. The mountains have been frosted in snow, showing the layers of rocks in all colors and directions. Occasionally we see a stark white waterfall coming down the mountainside in a ziggy white line. We see virtually no under growth next to the train line except for the occasional downed ash-gray tree. Blasted rock areas in shades of black to white with oranges are interspersed in the cut through of the train tracks.

Linda
(5)

Extraordinary adventure. Beautiful and wondrous natural and historical sites. Both mall towns and cities provided multiple opportunities to inteact with the local populace. Scenic vistas from below and on mountains. A train trip par excellent further enhanced the travel portion. Our guide, Andrea, made the trip enjoyable, informative, and fun. She, like the tour itself, was a five star "gem."

Toni
(5)

This is a wonderful trip. Drop dead views, varied environments, excellent accomodations and transportation.

Richard
(5)

OK

Carla
(5)

Fabulous trip with spectacular scenery and knowledgeable experts who help participants gain new insight and understanding of the culture, history, landscape, and wildlife of the Canadian Rockies. Loved it! The Rocky Mountaineer was great fun!

Yael
(5)

amazing trip! i recommend it! choose the gold leaf option if you can!

Janet
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

We just returned from our trip and would give the experience a high rating. We give high rating to our leader, Bill Spiller, who was knowledgeable, soft spoken and tried to optimize our experience. He and the bus driver, Lou, stopped many times to show us a lake or a waterfall. My husband especially enjoyed the lectures. We found it easy to use the freee time as we wanted to and see things not on the list as did others. The hotels were very nice..the airport hotel just fine and the Rimrock and Sutton a treat. The one in Kamloops was clean and run well for rail travelers . After a busy year for us, we were able to see places that heretofore were only words on a page for me and all the heavy lifting of planning were done for us . Another key component was the fellow travelers ..such a nice group of people and all on time for departures.

Barbara
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

The itinerary and the vistas were magnificent! Much of the information the local guides gave was repetitive. It seemed as if no one coordinated the info for the lectures/experiences. The Whyte Museum could have been eliminated. I saw no value in visiting that site. The Rocky Mountaineer Gold Leaf experience far exceeded my expectations and was the highlight of the trip! I never ate as many sandwiches in such a concise period of time. Choosing 4 meals the night of the introductions was not beneficial. Each meal that was needed to be ordered could have been done a day or so ahead of time. I felt that some of the staff were not as efficient or engaging as they could have been. Our Group Leader (Rick Seale) was a very nice, fun loving person. However his communication with the group and his bus drivers resulted in much wasted time. Lack of coordination/confirmation of what was included in a restaurant meal resulted in confusion. He did do a very good job salvaging a rainy day for us! Not enough positive comments could be made about Kirsten Schmitten! She was outstanding! I felt that both Susan Carr and Andy Coupland had difficulty interacting with the group. They both were extremely informed in their areas of expertise, but did not generate enthusiasm in the group. I also believe that a day should be added on to the trip to go to Victoria and Butchart Gardens. Our small group did not participate in the last days' activities and instead went on a private tour of Victoria and the Gardens. The staff at the Best Western Port O'Call could not do enough for us. The same with the Rimrock, which was a fascinating hotel with smiling staff! The service at the Sutton Place Hotel was very disappointing. It's a beautiful hotel, but the staff did not clean the rooms in a timely fashion, nor did they interact with the clients. Very few of the staff would say hello. The first day our rooms were cleaned when we were at dinner!

Judith
(5)

Great educational program with magnificent nature views. Well worth the money!

Linda
(5)

We had a blast living a lifelong dream of a train trip through the Canadian Rockies, with the bonus of actually getting to walk along lakes and trails as well. Even though we live "out west," we experienced places we had never seen before and learned lots.

Sharon
(5)

This program over exceeded my expectations for a first time traveler with road scholar. Craig Oldfield is a outstanding leader and made the trip doubly enjoyable. His wit and knowledge of the area as we traveled made the trip much more personable for us. His ability to adapt to various road conditions enabled us to not lose any time on our trip, by making a slight adjustment in our trip schedule. I am appreciative that he was able to do this so that our group was not delayed by a road accident.

James
(5)

We originally joined this trip for the Rocky Mountaineer experience. It turned out that the other 10 days were extremely informative and inspiring. We came away with a new understanding and appreciation for the wonders of Nature and the Culture of the Canadian Northwest Territory. We plan to return.

Frank
(4)

Of course, the scenery was beautiful; and RS's preparation and presentation was impeccable. What stood out for me, was the quality of the food on the train. Dinner at Best Western Calgary was meh. Absolutely loved our fellow travelers; and made some good friends.

William
(5)

Other than the hotel in Kamloops, this trip was terrific. The leader, Andrea Sawchuck, was a breath of fresh air - very caring , very organized, very professional yet not intrusive. I particularly enjoyed Banff and the trips around it. Even the day in Calgary was informative and interesting. But, the trip on the Rocky Mountaineer was the highlight (the Gold Service was extraordinary and well worth the extra money), and except for the overnight in Kamloops, particularly the poor hotel and the smoke everywhere, the trip could not have been better. Even Vancouver was neat. A fitting end to the trip.

Herb
(5)

The positive, pampered experience aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is unequaled.

Linda
(5)

The Rocky Mountaineer program with Road Scholar was excellent, and I would highly recommend it. The Silver leaf service was awesome, the rail car was roomy, comfortable, and the sights were spectacular. The rest of the program on the coach was fantastic also. great educational speakers, and fun was had by all.

Betty
(5)

I had a wonderful time on the Best of the Rockies in Western Canada. The lakes and mountains were beautiful. We had many memorable meals and our group was cohesive and lots of fun.






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